It’s more or less like Tuesday night.
Technically it’s a lie, but with the way things line up, the end of the storybook that mostly existed in our minds is about to become a reality. After losing somewhat frustratingly 0-2, the Bucks have now secured three straight wins, with the latest pair involving the types of iconic games that will immortalize this team. The block. The flight. The Oops. All in the space of two of the most important games you can play in professional sports.
So here we are on the precipice of the greatest success that this franchise and this city have known in nearly five decades. The Bucks need to end up with the wind in their sales, a rabid mob supporting them all the way, and knowing that they are capable of finding ways to win against any number of obstacles.
Until the series wraps up this week, I want to take a moment to also acknowledge how meaningful this is to us the fans. Whether you’re the first generation of fans or only recently joined, you’ve all helped make this team what it is. We are not in the field, but it is the passion and passion alone that makes following a professional sports team a worthwhile endeavor.
Take a look at any game in this playoff series – and especially during that time in the finals – and marvel at the size of the crowd the Milwaukee Bucks draw. Never in the darker days of the ’90s or the mid’ 90s did anything so stupendous as it seem remotely possible. And yet the Bucks are bringing together a disparate city to celebrate not only their success, but also to celebrate all of those years worn by individuals who put their hopes and fears into this collective effort.
It’s a clichÃ© to say that this or that team has the best fans in the world. I don’t know if we have the best fans in the world, but we are definitely among the most deserving fans in the world. The universe finds ways to reward the righteous; now is our chance.
It’s time to go win.
Let’s take the tour!
Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the perfect answer on how he controls his ego (SB Country)
The title of philosopher king or warrior poet may be something relegated to the myths and legends of history, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a reasonable facsimile for our own time. It’s impressive for Giannis to tackle such a broad question as “what taught you to control your ego” in the first place – all the more so considering that he grasped it in his second. language in front of the media around the world. Nothing but respect for him.
Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoys his NBA Finals moment (Sports illustrated) & Giannis’ LeBron block stole all the momentum (FiveThirtyEight)
And to top it off, he’s playing at the highest level in a way that never seemed possible before in the playoffs. It is hands down the best basketball of his entire career, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for a better person.
The Bucks dared to dream. Now they’ve almost achieved the biggest. (The ring)
When you have a talent like Giannis Antetokounmpo on your roster, you have no choice but to keep hammering and hoping that someday it will work. GM Jon Horst has not rested on his laurels after back-to-back playoff extinctions, has rejected any caution and rushed draft capital in abundance to bring in Jrue Holiday. This upgrade has made its impact with The Steal and The Oop, but it goes much further. Years of competition will sharpen you to a point, and then you’ll have to go out and use your experience to knock off all the comers. Well, it looks like we’re dangerously close to doing it once and for all.
Bucks paid a hefty price to get Jrue Holiday – and it was worth it (NBC Sports) & Jrue Holiday’s two-way masterpiece elevates Bucks to Championship precipice (NBA.com)
It wouldn’t be a proper roundup if we didn’t give Jrue his due. The fight in Game 4 was real. Then he broke through. It is the latter that matters most.
Khris Middleton solidified star status in NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns (Report of the launderer)
How about a little love for Khris too? 40 points in Game 4 with Jrue struggling to hit a shot, stepped up to try and face Devin Booker when Milwaukee couldn’t make a team bucket. When all three stars are on, we are almost impossible to get out.
The legend continues to grow for Bucks fan favorite Bobby Portis (NBA.com)
I was very scared of the times when Bobby switched to Chris Paul or Devin Booker in no man’s land, and yet as the Finals rolled out you can see Portis’ discipline and abilities grow. . No, he’s not suddenly able to mirror every dribble thrown, but he doesn’t get drawn into cheap fouls, and he maintains the pressure even if he has to move sideways at high speed. Happy for him to also have his chance on the biggest stage.
Fan article of the week
The only other option was an article about hosting this kind of playoffs in a universe where Giannis had not signed his overtime, so naveed211 won the last FPOTW award of the 2021 season with “Middleton Comps”. For my money, Khris clearly learned a lot about Drew Gooden’s midrange. Just my 2c.
Know your enemy
Hope is eternal, especially when you look at the barrel of the season’s end. However, it should be noted that the Bucks are not out of the woods yet. The team that clicked in Matches 1 and 2 is stuck somewhere inside those purple jerseys. We’ll see if Monty Williams & Co. can pull this off with its back against the wall.
Social media section
Ted Davis brought it for this moment. What a call.
We haven’t really lost since that interview. It’s true, spiritually.
Just tweet whatever comes to mind I guess
I just thought of an interesting “What if? “
(Perhaps @Wonder inspired me)
Giannis is out for Game 6 due to health and safety protocols. Close contact with Thanasis
Dollars always win …
Does K midd get the MVP of the final?
– Spencer Dinwiddie (@ SDinwiddie_25) July 18, 2021
The greatest moment of your career one second, a meme format the next
The upside for this guy is that Kohl’s money REALLY never expires
The Bucks of the past are with us
When the three boys go like this, there’s not much you can do.
– John Henson (@ Johnhenson31) July 18, 2021
New generation, same feeling
No matter how it goes, we haven’t forgotten your young guy@Divincenzose
and what you mean@Chevreuils. Helped set the tone at the start of the season with an attitude of accepting adversity. I know you put your work in … pic.twitter.com/DLQPHPzRyh
– Former Marques Johnson (@ olskool888) July 16, 2021
Hero balloon, tracking
Jordan Nwora brings final experience to Nigerian national team
Game six is ââTuesday at 8 p.m. (Center) in Milwaukee. The seventh game (if necessary (if necessary !!!!!)) will take place Thursday in Phoenix.
Find one more in the tank. Do it and let’s have the craziest week of our sports fandoms.